Written answers

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

  • Department for Transport

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the DVLA is making in tackling backlogs in (a) HGV and (b) car driving licences.

    • Driving Licences: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 13069 on DVLA: Recruitment, what discussions officials in his Department have had with officials...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the HS2 project supports and promotes biodiversity along the whole of the route.

      Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) ensure that concerns raised by workers' unions on the covid-19 outbreak at the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his officials in his Department have had with representatives of the DVLA on the waiting times for provisional drivers licences in...

      Transport for the North: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Transport for the North will have the power to specify and tender rail passenger services jointly with Great British Railways.

      Great British Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 13162 on Great British Railways, what assessment he has made of how ministerial powers to issue...

      Ferries: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of providing financial support for ferry routes operating from Northern Ireland to the rest of the...

      Shipping: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the fire on the X-Press Pearl, what recent assessment he has made of fire safety on container ships.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much highways maintenance funding was allocated from the public purse to Staffordshire County Council in (a) 2017, (b) 2018, (c) 2019 and (d) 2020.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress he has made on the (a) rollout of class 701 Arterio units and (b) withdrawal of Class 455, 456, 458 and 707.

      Northwich Station: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the recent station roof collapse at Northwich station and pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6425 on Railway...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what support he is providing to (a) train operators, (b) British Transport Police and (c) other officials to ensure that covid-19 safety measures are...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Questions 181397, 181398, 181399, 181400, 181401, 181402, 181403, what discussions he has had with...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the Answer of 15 April 2021 to Questions 181397, 181398, 181399, 181400, 181401, 181402, 181403, what changes in (a) services and...

      Travel Restrictions: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria his Department uses when determining the length of time travellers are granted to return to the UK before a country is moved to (a)...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the potential cost of (a) refunding or (b) extending the expiration date of railcards which have expired during the...

      Railways: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to improve the rail journey between York and Hull by (a) investing in infrastructure, (b) reducing journey times and (c) reducing...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether a separate assessment was made on the potential merits of refunding or extending the expiration date on Senior Railcards as part of the...

      Rail Delivery Group: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether his Department (a) plans to undertake a tendering process for the new National Rail contracts or (b) allocate those contracts by direct award.

      Invalid Vehicles: Global Positioning System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether GPS technology will be provided on mobility scooters in line with the use of that technology for e-scooters.

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with rail operators with reservation-only services to ensure that they have alternative procedures in place in the event...

      Railways: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with train operators with reservation-only bookings on (a) ensuring social distancing measures are (i) applied and...

      Cycling: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the potential merits of adapting cycling infrastructure to accommodate mobility scooters.

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress the Global Travel Taskforce has made on the safe normalisation of post-Covid international travel policy.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what settlement figure his Department agreed after the termination of the rail franchise agreements for (a) Greater Anglia, (b) TransPennine, (c) West...

  • Department for Education

    • Breakfast Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to allocate additional local authority funding to support schools to provide (a) breakfast clubs and (b) after school clubs until...

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what Government funding has been provided for (a) respite care and (b) additional support for the families of disabled children in the West Midlands...

      Schools: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the Answer of 27 April 2021 to Question 186003 and to the Answer of 26 April 2021 to Question 914739, whether he took into account...

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 9 June to Question 10698 on Primary Education: Sports, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of...

      Education: Digital Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will publish his Department's long term plans for embedding digital learning in his Department's covid-19 education recovery programme.

      Children and Young People: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the role that physical education and school sport can play in promoting mental wellbeing among children and...

      Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that children with disabilities can participate in appropriate physical activity at school.

      Primary Education: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the PE and Sport Premium for primary schools.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what guidance his Department has issued to schools to ensure that the individual circumstances of pupils can be taken into consideration and...

      Assessments: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether (a) schools and (b) teachers in England will receive additional financial support to carry out the work associated with providing pupils with...

      Children: Exercise and Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress he is making on implementing his policies on improving children's health and wellbeing through the provision of physical education and...

      Schools: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what support his Department is providing to schools for carrying out covid-19 track and trace on pupils and staff.

  • Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

    • Life Sciences: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what plans he has to increase funding for (a) epilepsy treatments and medication and (b) UK life-sciences research more...

    • Heating: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much additional UK electricity demand from domestic heating systems he estimates there will be by 2030.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how much additional UK electricity demand from electric vehicles he estimates there will be by 2030.

      Electricity: Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent forecast he has made as part of his planning capacity of UK electricity demand for 2030.

      Buildings and Heating: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the Heat and Building Strategy will include a carbon saving of at least 71 million tonnes of CO2 between 2023...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what advice and support is available to help homeowners increase their household energy efficiency.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what criteria he will use to assess the business case for large-scale nuclear power project proposals being brought to...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of Hinkley Point C to electricity supply.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the need for new nuclear power plants in addition to Hinkley Point C in order to meet...

      Housing: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether his Department plans to make funding available for local authorities to support the delivery of new home...

      Restart Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of making businesses based in (a) non-commercial and (b)...

      Disinfectants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has made an assessment of the adequacy of existing requirements on (a) hand sanitiser and (b) surface...

      Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he has held discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on whether the forthcoming...

  • Northern Ireland Office

    • Freight: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many meetings he has had with representatives of the road haulage industry in Northern Ireland in the last 18 months on the Northern...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Pregnancy: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what measures will be included in the forthcoming Women's Health Strategy to increase the safety of pregnant women with epilepsy.

    • Pregnancy: Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Women's Health Strategy, if he will allocate additional funding to research on anti-epileptic drugs so that babies...

      Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps are being taken to respond in full to the findings of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, published...

      Mental Health Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to provide mental health support to people under the age of 30 in (a) Wakefield, (b) West Yorkshire...

      Medical Records: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of changing general practice data sharing from an opt-out to an opt-in system.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the real terms changes in spending on mental health services have been in each year from 2009-10 to date.

      Mental Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps the Department has taken to reduce the average waiting time was for accessing NHS mental health services in the West...

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to (a) regulate providers of covid-19 testing and (b) help ensure that companies deliver testing kits...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help lower the cost of covid-19 PCR tests for people entering the UK.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that the Track and Trace App in England and Wales recognises Scottish postcodes.

      Coronavirus: Contact Tracing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what proportion of people who were advised to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after coming into close contact with someone that had...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the affordability of PCR tests for people arriving in the UK.

      Coronavirus: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on children's physical and mental wellbeing.

      Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what checks his Department carries out on covid-19 testing providers before adding them to the Government approved list of providers; and...

      Health Services: Bridlington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve NHS facilities in Bridlington.

      Electronic Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of appointing a champion to promote public awareness of the benefits of e-cigarettes...

      Topwood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the ownership of shares in Topwood Ltd by his family members were listed on his appointment under S7.3 of the Ministerial Code.

      Disability: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he is taking steps in response to reports of (a) lengthy queues for covid-19 test centres and (b) people with disabilities or...

      Respiratory System: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the progress on delivery against article 3.57 of the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing...

      Air Pollution: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions officials in his Department have had with representatives of NHS East England on their purchase of photohydroionization...

      Imperial College Health Partners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set out the (a) value and (b) purpose of each contract awarded by his Department to Imperial College Health Partners since...

      Injuries: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have suffered (a) broken bones and (b) torn ligaments during the covid-19 lockdowns.

      Princess Alexandra Hospital Harlow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors are working in the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, compared with 2019.

      Care Homes: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what equalities impact assessment his Department has undertaken on mandatory vaccines for care home staff for (a) disabled people (b)...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assistance he is providing to people participating in the Novavax covid-19 vaccine trial to enable those people to show proof of...

      Menopause: South Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to increase the number of menopause clinics in South Yorkshire.

      Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of funding allocated to the (a) mental health and (b) social care budgets in each of...

      Menopause

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional steps his Department will take to reduce the stigma of menopause; and if he will make a statement.

      Pregnancy: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure that soon to be mothers are not (a) attending appointments and (b) going through labour alone as...

      Coronavirus: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in Leicester had been identified as carrying the covid-19 Indian variant prior to 14 May 2021; and how many people have...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the daily capacity for covid-19 vaccinations is in England.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on how many days has the maximum number of vaccinations possible, according to the logistical capabilities rather than supply, been...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the most recent date is on which the maximum possible number of covid-19 vaccinations according logistical capabilities rather than...

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of which age groups would benefit from a covid-19 booster vaccine in the autumn and winter...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Myanmar: Politicians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the implications for its polices of reports that members of Myanmar's...

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2021 to Question 6304 on Overseas Aid, what impact assessment the Government has...

      Sri Lanka: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assistance the Government has provided to Sri Lanka following the (a) fire on and (b) sinking of the X-Press...

      Travel: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the level of risk of contracting covid-19 for people travelling overseas for (a)...

      Iraq: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what human rights issues and cases of concern he raised when he met Iraqi officials during his visit to Baghdad on...

      Gaza: Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what procedures are in place to ensure that financial resources intended to assist the humanitarian situation of...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what human rights issues and cases of concern he raised when he met the President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq,...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will meet with the pro-democracy leaders Saeed Alshehabi, Ali Mushaima and Moosa Mohammad to discuss ongoing...

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which officials he met when he visited the Kurdistan Region of Iraq on 9 June 2021.

      Iraq and Syria: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help provide long-term protection for the Kurdish communities of northern...

      Turkey: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the use of UK arms exported to Turkey; and whether he plans to review the...

      Yemen: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the G7 on increasing the level of international aid to...

      Yemen: Humanitarian Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.

      Middle East: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 27 November 2020 to Question 118120, what assessment he has made of the...

      Iraq: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what the (a) outcome was and (b) implications for bilateral relations is of his recent visit to the Kurdistan...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what human rights issues and cases of concern he raised when he met Saudi officials during his visit to Saudi...

      Europe: MI6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will allow the CIA to release material that (a) refers to MI6 involvement in operations in (i) the Ukraine,...

      Europe: MI6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make available to Parliament (a) all files on MI6 operations in (i) the Ukraine, (ii) Belarus, (iii)...

      Europe: MI6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what files held by his Department on MI6 operations in (a) the Ukraine, (b) Belarus, (c) Germany and (d) the...

      Europe: MI6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what information his Department holds in its archives on MI6 operations that (a) took place in (i) the Ukraine,...

      Eritrea: War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the UK is taking in Eritrea to help ensure that UN investigators have the necessary access to conduct...

      Eritrea: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what progress he has made in deploying UK Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict experts to Eritrea.

      Overseas Aid: Children and Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how much ODA his Department allocated to ending the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children in 2020.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, where the 33 children removed from Rainsbrook secure training centre on 16 June 2021 have been placed.

    • Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of longer sentences on deterring people from carrying knives without good reason.

  • Treasury

    • Parliamentary Scrutiny: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to enable parliamentary scrutiny of proposed (a) changes to the taxation of products that could be distinguished by their...

    • Environment Protection: Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Committee on Climate Change's report entitled The Sixth Carbon Budget: The UK’s path to Net Zero, published in December 2020,...

      Government Assistance: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to extend furlough and other covid-related support mechanisms in the event that the 21 June 2021 date for the further easing of covid-19...

      Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the effect on the income of small businesses of the decision to extend covid-19 restrictions beyond 21 June 2021.

      Performing Arts and Weddings: Coronavirus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of providing additional sectoral support to the (a) live performance and (b) wedding...

      Financial Services: Fraud

      What recent discussions he has had with the Financial Conduct Authority on tackling online financial crime.

      Business: Coronavirus

      What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the support available to businesses in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

      Debt Respite Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of including universal credit advance payments in the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space).

      Apprentices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to encourage employers to take on more apprentices.

      Business Premises: Rents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department will take to support businesses after the rent arrears forfeiture moratorium ends on 30 June 2021.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of an international minimum corporate tax rate.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to allocate funding to local authorities for distribution to businesses not eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Quarantine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of businesses who were aware that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme could also be used to cover...

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Quarantine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of businesses who claimed on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to cover self-isolation of employees with covid-19.

      Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Quarantine

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he had with officials in his Department on the potential merits of expanding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to include people...

      Social Rented Housing: Planning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, on (a) investing in social housing and (b) ensuring...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to support the financial services sector following the end of the transition period.

      Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that cash continues to be accepted at businesses throughout the UK.

      Private Equity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to take steps to protect investors in the UK from equity buyouts.

      SME Brexit Support Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of extending the deadline for the SME Brexit Support Fund beyond 30 June 2021.

  • Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

    • Platinum Jubilee 2022

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to issue guidance or other forms of support to local authorities to help them facilitate events to...

    • Buildings: Insulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether Trespa Meteon FR cladding has been subject to fully independent, government-recognised fire tests; what...

      Tenants: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on tenants of the amendment from six months to four months to the...

      Rents: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and...

      Parking: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to reduce car parking in urban centres.

      Levelling Up Fund and UK Community Renewal Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what steps he plans to take to ensure that the devolved nations receive the full amount of funds allocated to them...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Armed Forces: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to provide support to those members of the British armed forces who have been referred to the Government's terror prevention...

    • Afghanistan: Home Country Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that Afghans who have worked for the British Armed Forces will not be forced to leave the UK under the relocation scheme.

      Afghanistan: Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan interpreters were employed by the UK Government during the past twenty years.

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 15 June 2021 to Question 11704, how many of those members of the armed forces tried before a military court were (a) found not...

      Armed Forces: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many applications have been (a) received and (b) granted under the scheme allowing former armed forces personnel discharged over sexuality to apply...

      Armed Forces: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the quarantine arrangements are for armed forces personnel returning to the UK from covid-19 red list areas for personal travel.

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Employment Services: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the Enfield constituency receives adequate funding for employment support services.

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if her Department will provide an estimate of the number of current placements on the Kickstart scheme that will result in permanent...

      Jobcentre Plus: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what awareness training for autism is provided to work coaches and JobCentre Plus staff.

      Unemployment: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the change in the level of youth unemployment in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b)...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive plans to reclassify covid-19 as a serious workplace risk in response to the Delta variant of covid-19.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Health and Safety Executive has identified hotspots of the Delta variant of covid-19; and whether the number of (a) health and...

      Labour Market: Devolved Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with political leaders in devolved administrations in regions across the UK on improving labour market...

      Employment Schemes: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the scholarship programme for universal credit claimants announced on 26 May 2021 in partnership with Google, what steps her...

      Universal Credit: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will make it her policy to provide universal credit claimants who have taken temporary trips overseas special dispensation when that...

      Discretionary Housing Payments: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of removing the additional covid-19 support funding from the Discretionary Housing...

      Universal Credit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will take steps to ensure that universal credit claimants in Wales are able to receive their bonuses from both rounds of the Welsh...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent estimate she has made of trends in the level of youth unemployment in each region across the UK.

      Restart Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether her Department is on course to launch their Restart scheme on 28 June 2021 and commence referrals on 12 July 2021.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women have begun Kickstart scheme placements.

      Health and Safety Executive: Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2021 to Question 6431 on Health and Safety Executive (HSE): Staff, what the differences are in the terms and...

      Chemicals: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 1 June 2021 to Question 6432 on chemicals: regulation, how many full time equivalent staff of the Chemicals...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Marine Protected Areas: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of fully or highly protected Marine Protected Areas on the...

    • Wildlife: Smuggling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on measures to prevent the illegal wildlife trade in each year since 2015.

      Fishing Vessels: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the use of bottom trawling and supertrawlers by the fishing industry.

      Fishing Vessels: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of (a) UK and (b) global waters which have been damaged by bottom...

      Fisheries: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to (a) improve the sustainability of the fishing industry and (b) ensure that fishing...

      Plants: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in EU member states to build competence and trust in respective...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Lancashire of 16 April 2021 on compulsory microchip...

  • Home Office

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were allocated to processing asylum claims in (a) 2014, (b) 2018, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021.

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims were received in (a) 2014, (b) 2018, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021 to date.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessments were made ahead of her Department's change of contractor for the provision of Aspen cards.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claims were decided in (a) 2014, (b) 2018, (c) 2020 and (d) 2021.

      Visas: Married People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of means-testing the spouse visa fee.

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to work with (a) employers and (b) landlords to ensure that people who (i) applied for the EU Settlement...

      Immigration: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department plans to provide to (a) care workers and (b) other EU citizens who fail to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by...

      Biometric Residence Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of Biometric Residence Permits are despatched to applicants within seven days of them receiving their decision letter.

      Asylum: LGBT People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to ensure LGBTQ+ individuals seeking asylum in the UK from homophobic, biphobic or transphobic persecution are (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Electoral Register: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many additional people will form part of the electorate following the extension of the franchise to...

    • Coronavirus: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he has plans to (a) honour and (b) make a statement to recognise the volunteers who took part in the...

      Coronavirus: Public Inquiries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the terms of reference of the inquiry into the Government's handling of the covid-19 pandemic will be...

      Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee: Lord Frost

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, when the Rt Hon Lord Frost CMG plans to appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee...

      11 Downing Street: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the total allocated budget was for the renovations and refurbishment of the Downing Street flat; and...

      National Fraud Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the timetable is for publishing his Department's response to the consultation on the expansion of the...

  • Department for International Trade

    • Agricultural Products: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help facilitate the export of British farm produce to Australia.

    • Mining: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she has had with the UK critical minerals industry on a globally coordinated approach on environmental, social and...

      Investment and Trade: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Departments allocated budget is for the (a) establishment, and (b) running of the proposed trade and investment hub in Wales.

      Trade Agreements: Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2021 to Question 7981 on Overseas Trade: Turkey, on what occasions she has raised human rights concerns...

      Trade Agreements: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to assess the potential impact of trade deals and associated global goods transportation on the climate.

      Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2021 to Question 10566 on Trade Agreements: Australia, if she will publish her Department’s...

      Forced Labour: Xinjiang

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which (a) organisations, (b) Government departments, (c) Non-Governmental Organisations and (d) others attended the roundtables on forced...

      Timber: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions officials in her Department have had with their European counterparts on helping to reduce the time taken for the...

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Culture: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what impact assessment was carried out on the effect of the delay to lifting lockdown restrictions on 21 June 2021 on (a)...

    • Exercise: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to support the promotion of physical activity among young people.

      Gambling Act 2005

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when he plans to publish the responses to the Gambling Act Review Call for Evidence that closed on 31 March 2021.

      Gambling: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the number of criminal cases in 2021 where gambling addiction is a relevant factor exceeding 2020 figures,...

      Video on Demand: Classification Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department (a) has made and (b) plans to make an assessment of how many video-on-demand platforms apply the BBFC...

      BBC: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will have discussions with the BBC Director General to ascertain whether licence fee proceeds have been used in non...

      European Solidarity Corps: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the UK ceasing its participation in the European Solidarity Corps...

      Loneliness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what his priorities are for tackling loneliness in 2021.

      Charities: Coronavirus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment has he made of the effect of the extension to covid-19 lockdown restrictions on the charity sector.

      Sports: Gender Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, when the Sports Council Equality Group guidance on trans inclusion in domestic competition, which was commissioned in March...

      Broadband: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what timeframe he plans for the rollout of superfast broadband and improved broadband connection speeds throughout the...

      Planning Authorities: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 17 November 2020 to Question 114987, whether local planning authorities that were made...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Children: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to tackle discrimination against people with children.

    • Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the potential effect of mandatory vaccines for care...

  • Prime Minister

    • Coronavirus: Screening

      To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to WhatsApp communications dated 27 March 2020, published by Dominic Cummings on 16 June 2021, if he will publish his WhatsApp communications with (a)...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister, when he plans to respond to the letters of 9 and 10 June 2021 from the hon. Member for Ashton under Lynne.

  • Department for Transport

    • Shipping: Flags

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the (1) environmental, and (2) economic, impact of the use of flags of convenience by ships, in (a) UK waters, and (b)...

  • Department of Health and Social Care

    • Medical Equipment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the definition of a health institution as defined in the Guidance on the regulation of In Vitro Diagnostic medical devices in Great Britain, published in...

    • NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure medicines licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), through Oribis and the Innovative...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether people quarantining in hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic are permitted to order take-away food; and if so, what precautions are in place for the...

      Covid-19 Antivirals Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the (1) remit, and (2) powers, of the COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce; to whom will the Chair of the Taskforce report; and by what date.

      Medical Equipment: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a separate budgeting and adoption process for medical devices designated as innovative products.

      Covid-19 Antivirals Taskforce

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made with the establishment of their COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce, announced on 20 April.

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) initial, and (2) subsequent, checks on (a) the standard of ventilation, and (b) risks of ventilation systems transmitting COVID-19, were conducted in...

      Medical Equipment: Innovation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to follow the approach of the government of the United States' Food and Drug Administration in adapting regulatory requirements by...

      Travel: Quarantine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people required to self-isolate in hotels on arrival back in the UK do so.

      Cancer: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of spending on cancer research services in England in (1) 2019–20, and (2) 2020–21.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to protect individuals who are immuno-compromised and therefore cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19; and whether they plan to offer those...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will list the projects using the NHS data store.

      Ectopic Pregnancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bethell on 23 April (HL14837) in which he said that the Department of Health and Social Care had made "no assessment"...

      Care Homes and Hospices: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS patients discharged from hospitals into (1) care homes, and (2) hospices, subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 in each month since February 2020.

      Phlebotomy: Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the pay banding scales for phlebotomists in the NHS.

      Babies: Screening

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve (1) the newborn screening programme, and (2) the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost for an NHS Ambulance emergency response.

      Coronavirus: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what personal data is held on the database of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination; and who can that data be shared with.

      DNACPR Decisions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients who died in NHS hospitals in England between 1 April 2020 and 31 March were subject to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost for an NHS community-based mental health session.

  • Ministry of Justice

    • Sexual Offences: Disclosure of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to protect the anonymity of victims of sexual assault.

    • Reoffenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what changes they plan to make to the prison and probation systems to reduce re-offending.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Abuse

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the adequacy of support provided through the legal aid system for victims of domestic abuse.

      Homicide: Reoffenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been killed by someone who has previously been found guilty of homicide, imprisoned, and subsequently released, for the years for which...

      Probation: Nationalisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards the restoration of the probation service in England and Wales to public ownership and control.

      Legal Opinion: Low Incomes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they plan to take to address so-called "legal advice deserts".

      Prisoners: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their Safety in custody quarterly: update to December 2020, published on 29 April, what steps they are taking to address self-harm in women’s prisons.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure no woman is released from prison to homelessness.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.

      Prisoners' Release: Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to ensure women prison leavers supported by the Ministry of Justice’s temporary accommodation service are supported into permanent accommodation.

      Life Imprisonment: Prisoners' Release

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people serving a life sentence were released at their first eligible parole date in each year since 2000.

      Prisons: Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) how many prison service staff have attended intersectionality courses, (2) what is the cost of any such courses, and (3) how the courses help prison...

  • Treasury

    • Small Businesses: Coronavirus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of small businesses that will be unable to retain current staff numbers after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme...

  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

    • Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the legality of reducing the percentage of Gross National Income spent on Official Development Assistance without...

    • Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to support parliamentary democracy in Tunisia.

      Tunisia: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Tunisian representatives regarding further initiatives to support and ingrain parliamentary democracy in Tunisia.

      Israel: Palestinians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports (1) that the government of Israel has removed health insurance benefits from Palestinian prisoners on their release from...

      West Bank: Construction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of Israel has  issued a ban on the further construction of Palestinian developments near Yatta;...

      Iraq: Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations, if any, they have made to the government of Turkey about the attack on Maxmur Refugee Camp and villages in northern Iraq on 5 June.

      Myanmar: Politics and Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to begin negotiations with representatives of the National Unity Government (NUG) in Myanmar with a view to giving it official...

      Africa: BBC World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the UK’s diplomatic soft power of the BBC World Service in Africa.

      Cameroon: Sanctions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of the United States' State Department about its "announcement of visa restrictions on those undermining...

  • Ministry of Defence

    • Ministry of Defence: Civil Proceedings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil claims against the Ministry of Defence have been rejected so far as a result of Part 2 of the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans)...

  • Department for Work and Pensions

    • Pension Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in England they estimate to be entitled to pension credit who are not claiming it, as a percentage of those eligible.

    • Kickstart Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money in total they have paid to employers through a Kickstart Scheme grant.

      Kickstart Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they contract any company (1) to run part of, or (2) to approve applications for, the Kickstart Scheme; if so, what are the names of those companies;...

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    • Land: Contamination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to reports of the contamination of land on two dairy farms in Cumbria after the application of liquid fertiliser, what assessment they have made of the...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which parts of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill would not have been allowed had the UK remained a member of the EU.

  • Home Office

    • Asylum: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals were on board UK deportation flight Esparto 11; and to which countries they were deported.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of delays in the issuing of the Aspen payment cards to asylum seekers.

      Refugees: Children and Females

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings published by Together With Refugees on 1 June that two-thirds of women and children currently accepted by...

      Penally Camp

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Penally Training Camp is now being used; and what discussions they have had, if any, with the Welsh Government about this camp.

      Extradition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many UK citizens that have been arrested following extradition requests from other nations were extradited to the country of their arrest in each year since 2018.

      Human Trafficking: Organised Crime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent steps they have taken to tackle gangs involved in people smuggling and organised immigration crime.

      Refugees: Resettlement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to resume resettlement programmes for refugees.

      Dogs: Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to make the theft of pet dogs a specific criminal offence.

      Electric Scooters: Crime Prevention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) local authorities, and (2) police forces, to prevent the illegal (a) purchase, and (b) use, of e-scooters in England.

  • Department for International Trade

    • Imports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential use of import substitution in the UK.

    • Trade Agreements: Australia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of a trade agreement with Australia on agriculture in Less Favoured Areas.

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement the recommendations of the Final Report by the Gigabit Take-up Advisory Group, published in June.

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